Completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
After being admitted to Westminster College, the most important step in receiving
financial aid is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You will need to complete the FAFSA form before each academic year to receive financial aid from the federal government, as well as some need-based
institutional aid. You may become eligible for scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study from the federal government and/or Westminster College.
There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. You should complete a FAFSA if you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident seeking
financial aid, even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for anything.
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Complete the FAFSA as soon as you can after it opens on October 1 each year for the upcoming academic year. It’s for more than just federal financial
aid. The sooner you fill it out, the sooner you will see what financial aid Westminster
is offering you. The FAFSA will close on June 30 each year for the prior academic year (example: the 2021–22 FAFSA closes on June 30, 2022).
The FAFSA is free. You don’t need to pay anyone to prepare it for you. Many factors, including your
household size and year in school, are considered. The FAFSA looks at yours' and your
parents’ prior tax information. For the 2021–22 academic year, the FAFSA uses 2019 tax information. Westminster recommends that you use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the
FAFSA. Use your permanent email address, not a school email address. After you fill
out the FAFSA, you will receive an offer that may include grants and loans. This offer
shows you your options; there is no obligation to use any amount of it.
Westminster’s FAFSA School Code: 003681
Step 1: Before you complete the FAFSA, you and your parent(s) (if you are a dependent for FAFSA purposes) need to create an FSA ID. The FSA ID serves as your username, password, and digital signature.
Step 2: Complete the FAFSA online or download the myStudentAid app, available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
After you have submitted your FAFSA form, the U.S. Department of Education will process
your application. Once the application has been processed, you will receive a copy
of your Student Aid Report (SAR). Make sure all of the information on that report
is complete and accurate. This report will be sent to the colleges you listed in your
FAFSA. Once Westminster receives this, the financial aid team will review the information
and award you as soon as possible.
Westminster’s financial aid counselors prioritize making the financial aid process
easier for you. If you need help completing the FAFSA form, you can:
Check out all your financial aid options.